What do you do when you’ve fallen in love with Paninis but simply do not have room for one more appliance in your kitchen?
Not a problem, according to the March/April 2014 issue of weightwatchers magazine. In an article entitled Press for time, three alternatives are provided to allow you to enjoy your Panini, just the same.
- Grill pan: Set over medium-high heat until hot. Add Panini, cover sandwiches with the bottom of a cast-iron skillet and cook 2 minutes per side.
- Waffle iron: Preheat according to manufacturer’s directions. Place 1 or 2 sandwiches in iron and cook as you would in a Panini maker.
- Oven or toaster oven: Preheat to 375ᵒF. Place sandwiches on baking sheet. Bake until bread is toasted, 7 – 10 minutes; press down on tops with metal spatula and hold for 1 minute.
Select which method you prefer and make yourself a Rosemary ham and cheese Panini using the recipe below.
- 8 (1 ounce) slices whole-grain bread
- 4 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
- 1 Tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup coarsely shredded low-fat Parmesan cheese
- 1 (6 ounce) package sliced Rosemary ham
- 2 cups lightly packed arugula or spinach
- Preheat Panini maker (or alternative)
- Spray one side of each slice of bread with nonstick spray. Place sprayed side down, on work surface.
- Divide ham evenly among 4 slices of bread.
- Top ham evenly with cheese and arugula.
- Mix mustard and vinegar in small bowl, spread evenly among remaining 4 slices of bread.
- Cover each sandwich with slice of bread, sprayed side up.
- Place sandwiches in Panini maker. Close lid and cook until bread is well marked and crisp and cheese is melted: 3 – 4 minutes. (serves 4)